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Taiwan's cap on indoor gatherings rises to 50 on July 27

Taiwan to also allow restaurants to open for indoor dining on July 27

Taiwan's cap on indoor gatherings rises to 50 on July 27

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As part of Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) plans to lower epidemic control restrictions to Level 2, limits on indoor gatherings will be raised to fewer than 50 people, and restaurants will be able to open for indoor dining.

After a Cabinet meeting on epidemic control measures and following a plan presented by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) ruled that Taiwan can lower its nationwide Level 3 alert — which has served as a "soft lockdown" — to Level 2. Among the new measures to go into effect on July 27 is the relaxing of the limit on group gatherings from fewer than five people indoors to fewer than 50, and fewer than 10 outdoors to under 100.

During a press conference on Thursday (July 22), the CECC said a draft of the new epidemic prevention measures for the Level 2 alert was discussed with various local governments. The representatives of these governments proposed that the limits on crowds be raised tenfold.

They also proposed allowing restaurants to open for indoor dining as long as they follow guidelines put forth by the Ministry of Health and Welfare. The CECC agreed to allow restaurants to open for indoor dining on the condition that appropriate epidemic prevention measures are taken, including partitions and checkerboard seating, reported CNA.

Level 2 general principles:

1. With the exception of eating and drinking, people must wear a mask at all times outside the home
2. Implementation of real-name registration
3. Safe social distance maintained
4. Crowd control in places of business and public areas: social distance of at least 1.5 meters in indoor spaces and 1 meter outdoors
5. Maximum crowd size: 49 people indoors and 99 outdoors. If the number exceeds the limit, organizers must present an epidemic prevention plan
6. Places with indoor dining must follow Ministry of Health and Welfare regulations